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Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS)

Map of South Dakota showing locations of projects for 2020 and 2021 with a legend.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) officials in South Dakota have announced a call for Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. CIS projects are implemented to target high priority natural resource concerns, resulting in a measurable improvement of our resources.

"By planning our approach, we are able to prioritize and focus conservation investments in South Dakota," says Jeff Vander Wilt, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Huron. "The NRCS is looking to form new partnerships with others interested in improving our natural resources. Through the CIS," Vander Wilt explains, "NRCS and partners will address specific resource concerns in a targeted manner. Collectively focusing our expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas will yield the most impressive returns. By working together through a partnership, we can combine our efforts to improve and conserve the resources that we all enjoy. "

NRCS has technical staff in the field and existing partners that are willing to aid in coordinating projects throughout the state.  Funding and support from other agencies and groups can be leveraged and coordinated to focus on mutual issues of the highest priority.

Project proposals can be submitted by any partner or NRCS staff willing to develop the project proposal. The South Dakota NRCS is requesting project preproposals be submitted by March 4, 2022 for funding consideration.

NRCS will evaluate the preproposals and return invites to those selected to submit a full proposal by April 1, 2022. Those selected to submit full proposals will be given further instruction on the requirements of the full proposal.  Full proposals will be due on July 1, 2022. Funding will be provided in early Fiscal Year 2023 for the selected proposals.

Sixteen projects across the state were selected for implementation during Fiscal Year 2020 and information sheets can be found by clicking the link below. “Some projects were quite small and others involved thousands of acres,” says Vander Wilt. "Local people choose which Resource Concern they want to address and the scope as they develop their proposal."

Preproposals Due by March 4, 2022
Final proposal due July 1, 2022

South Dakota CIS Template (PDF; 168 KB)
South Dakota CIS Vision (PDF; 5,865 KB)
South Dakota CIS Communication Toolkit (PDF; 418 KB)

2020 Conservation Implementation Strategy Projects
2021 Conservation Implementation Strategy Projects

All proposals should be submitted to:
Jeffrey Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, jeffrey.vanderwilt@usda.gov
Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program Manager, Jennifer.wurtz@usda.gov

NRCS is committed to continual improvement of the approach by an ongoing discussion of challenges and successes through a steering committee made up of the Leadership Team, field and state staff.